Sorry for being so MIA this week, I spent all last weekend exploring Disney World and running the 8th annual Disney Princess Half Marathon!!! It has been one of the races that I have wanted to run for a very long time and I want to just say, now that I have had the opportunity to run it, I can say I was not disappointed. There are a lot of high lights from the race so let me just pick a few for you.
1. This race starts before the crack of dawn. Yes, I woke up at 3am so that I get the start line on time….at 5:30am. There were about 20,000 other runners that suffered through this early morning alarm with me though and the energy surrounding me made it seem a little less painful.
2. Every corral gets fireworks. Yes every single one. I was exciting when they went off the first time, then they kept going off and it was awesome! Yes, I am probably going to say everything was awesome because really it was. I was in corral E and the first wave went out right at 5:30am like they said it would happen. It took about 10 for my corral to cross the start line and then the fun began!!!
3. There are characters ALL over the course. I skipped the first few because the lines were ridiculously long or I just wasn’t interested in taking pictures with them. There was also other entertainment along the course like marching bands, brass drums and gospel choirs. Almost everyone running is in costume too, it gave me so many ideas for next time! This year I ran as Pocahontas which was a good choice because she’s such an underrated character, there was hardly anyone else dressed as her!
4. We got to run through Magic Kingdom before it opened for the day. As soon as I rounded the corner and saw Cinderella’s castle I teared up a little bit. Disney World has always had a special place in my heart and doing the run was really magical for me.
5. There are chEAR squads all along the course so there are constantly people cheering you on and making some noise as you run! It was really uplifting and at mile 10 really picked up my spirits. I got a burst of energy and started cheering a long with them. I thanked all the volunteers loudly and cheered on the people around me. I’ve never felt so invigorated after running 10 miles.
I would definitely do this race again and I definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to run a half marathon or enjoys running half marathons. Here are some of the highlights of why this race was so awesome:
-High energy from races and spectators!
-Lots of entertainment on the course to keep your energy up
-Tons of opportunities to take pictures with characters.
-Wearing a costume
-Music along the course so you don’t need your own!
-Lots of water stops and bathrooms
-Running through Magic Kingdom and Cinderella’s Castle!!!
-Flat course with a few hills
-Lots of water stops!!!
-SUPER organized for such a big race!!!!
Hopefully I see you down in Orlando next year!!!
I made it through the last and final week of my Whole 30. Let me tell you, that this was not easy. My boyfriend and I decided to make a last minute move into a new apartment, my work schedule got crazy and I worked from 3 different offices as well as my part time job. I was bouncing around really with no home all week. This meant no time to really cook, pack food etc. so I had to eat out and with such a restrictive diet there’s very limited places that I could actually eat and stay compliant.
What did this mean for me? Well I ate a lot of grilled chicken salads with vinegar and oil. Also, bunless burgers. It wasn’t the most exciting for glamorous week for food.
But now what right?
I just did 30 days of clean eating, no sugar, dairy, alcohol, grains etc. I feel great, my stomach is happier, I’m happier with my appearance and everything seems to be functioning better. I certainly don’t want to go back to the way things were. But it’s also unrealistic to continually eat in such a strict manner in this day and age. I love working out and I need carbs for energy, but there are just so many potatoes I can stomach in one week. So, for the last week after finishing the Whole 30, I am slowly adding things back in. This week I started with dairy, I have a hard time getting in enough protein and I need yogurt in the morning to get a little boost to my intake. I also just love cheese, so dairy was definitely first.
I also added back in brown rice. No pasta and breads for me yet (except for Super Bowl sunday…but my belly regretted that immediately). I think I’m going to stick with this diet for now. There’s enough for variety for me, there’s tons of gluten free options out there and it’s not so restrictive where I can’t eat out with friends!
Are you thinking about doing the Whole 30? Have you already done a Whole 30? Tell me about why or how it went!
We are grinding down to the end of this and let me tell you, while I don’t miss bread and pasta as much. I do miss rice and other grains. I also miss cheese.
As you know, before I started this journey with the Whole 30, I planned it out. I did my research, I found recipes that were compliant and I made sure that I was never second guessing what I was going to eat. Well, I failed this week. Most of my meals were not pleasing to my palate and I ended up scraping most of it.
Week two is in the books of the Whole 30. I won’t lie. I was craving donuts at the beginning of the week. Really badly. I almost broke down. But the thought of going back to constantly feeling bloated and burping all the time deterred me. Plus I want to do this the right way. I’m also feeling better in my own skin again. Can somebody say hello abs? These babies haven’t made an appearance in years. Per the rules of the Whole 30 I have no weighed myself. But I’m loving what I see!!
Week 2 menu:
Breakfast: Southwest Breakfast Casserole
Lunch: Spaghetti Squash and meatballs
Dinner: Chicken Stir Fry
Southwest Breakfast Casserole
I was surprised by this one, I usually don’t like ground chicken. It’s just weird to me, but I enjoyed this recipe!
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 lb ground chicken
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
7 oz can of chopped green chili
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Chop peppers and onion and cook them in a skillet until onion is translucent. Set aside to cool. Add chicken to skillet and juice from the green chili, cook until slightly browned. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and coconut milk. Once the chicken and veggies are cooled to room temperature mix into eggs and pour into a 9-in greased pie pan. Bake for 35-40 min!
Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
Probably my favorite meal this week. I didn’t even miss real pasta and the spaghetti squash was surprisingly filling!
1 lb grass fed ground beef
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp rosemary
2 medium sized spaghetti squash
24 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 onion, chopped
In large bowl mix together the ground beef, basil, oregano, rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and coconut flour. Mix together with hands until well incorporated, add in egg and continue to mix. Form into large meatballs, about 6-8. Grease skillet, brown meatballs on each side. You don’t have to cook thoroughly, they will cook in the crock pot. Add meat balls to slow cooker, top meat balls with tomatoes, onion and garlic. Serve with fresh basil and spaghetti squash.
Chicken Stir Fry
So I kind of winged this one. There’s no real recipe, I just took a chicken breast and whatever vegetables I had (mushroom, spinach, pepper, and onion) and sauteed it all together in some coconut oil. It was pretty bland so I found a Whole 30 approved Tahini sauce at Trader Joe’s and added that. It made a HUGE difference. Some times you just have to experiment and see what works for you. I have to say that my meals are usually anything BUT boring!
Here are some other meals that I tried during the weekend:
Sweet potato hash with eggs:
Prosciutto wrapped chicken thighs with a baked potato and side salad:
B Good Burger with no bun, avocado and an egg with sweet potato fries:
-Toxic people shoot down your ideas. They always question what you’re doing. They may say something like, “Well, maybe you shouldn’t change careers because you have so much job security here. What about your benefits? Or your retirement?” This is pretty common and sometimes subtle and harder to notice. Even though it may sound like they’re giving you advice, in the end they’re just putting more doubts into your head because your actions may bring up their own fears and insecurity.
Step two: Let them go.
With week one under my belt I can definitely tell that my stomach has been so much better (aka less burps) . It’s hard to say energy wise how I’m doing since I just added a second job on top of a full time job and training for a marathon. But I have no cravings for any of the off limit foods and I think it’s because I’ve had good meals to look forward to.
Week 1 meal plan was the following:
Breakfast- Spaghetti squash quiche
Lunch- Chicken tenders with roasted potatoes and broccoli
Dinner- Sweet potato chili
Spaghetti Squash Quiche
This was probably my favorite of the week. I didn’t even miss the cheese that I would usually put in an egg-y dish!
1 spaghetti squash
6 whole eggs
Mixings of your choosing: I used 5 slices of bacon, mushrooms and spinach
Bake spaghetti squash at 350 for 40 min, remove and leg cool. Once cooled use fork to remove the squash from shell. Take a 9 in greased pie pan and smoosh the squash to the sides of the pan so it creates a “crust.” Place chopped mixings into the crust
In a separate bowl whisk together the 6 eggs. Pour over the mixings in the crust and then bake for about 40 min or until egg has settled.
About 5 servings
These were super tasty, but I think next time I’ll pan fry them and then stick them in the oven for a little bit too.
1 lb chicken tenders
1 tbsp unsweetened coconut milk or other nondairy milk of your choosing
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
In a mixing bowl whisk together the egg and unsweetened coconut milk.
In a second bowl combine the coconut flour, garlic powder and salt.
Dredge the chicken in the egg mixture and coat with the coconut flour mixture. Lightly fry in a pan with coconut oil until cooked all the way through.
Sweet Potato Chili
I was skeptical of this meal because I’m so used to traditional bean chili topped with cheese. But this was delicious all on its own. When shopping for the ingredients for this recipe though, make sure you’re reading labels to make sure you’re not buying anything with added sugar to it.
1 onion (chopped)
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 15 oz can diced tomato
1 can water
1 large sweet potato, chopped into 1 inch cubes
1 lb ground beef
1 1/2 tbsp cocao powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt to taste
Place all ingredients in crock pot, breaking up beef before putting it in. Cook and low for 8-10 hours. Enjoy!
Last year I tried the Isagenix 30 day cleanse and that helped me shed a lot of weight and get me back on track in 2015 when it came to my health and fitness goals. I mananged to lose and keep off 15 pounds, run two 5ks, a 10k, 3 half marathons and 2 sprint distance triathlons. But my body hasn’t completely healed from the hell I put it through when I decided to participate in a bikini competition 3 years ago and fell back down the rabbit hole of eating disorders.
I have been dying to get a crock pot for almost a year, just never got around to picking one up while I’m at the store. I won’t lie, I’m disappointed with myself, that I didn’t get one sooner!! My dad finally gave me one for Christmas and I have been having a blast cooking things up! Last week I made chicken enchilada soup and it was not only delicious, but super easy! Cut my meal prep time in half!!!
This soup is perfect for those cold winter days that are finally starting to come around to warm you up and stay healthy!!!
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
1.5 cups vegetable broth
1 14oz can of diced tomatos
1 14oz can of red enchilada sauce
1 can corn
1 can of drained, rinsed black beans
Optional toppings: tortilla chips, cheese, avocado
- Place all ingredients in crock pot and set on low for 8 hours
- Use spoon to break up chicken breast (mine was so tender it just shredded itself when I stirred it)
- Serve and add any additional toppings.
Told you that was super easy!!!! If you want to it to be gluten free, find gluten free tortilla chips and make sure you find a gluten free enchilada sauce! Enjoy!!
I, like many people, struggle with getting enough protein in my breakfast in the morning. Which has been a shame because I’ve found it super important for me to get enough protein in the morning so I don’t crash early on in the day. But my problem is, I get sick of yogurt especially during the winter. I like eggs but I don’t have time to cook them every morning and I’m not a huge fan of reheating them. I love protein pancakes but that’s also hard to travel well…so I decided to combine the famous egg muffin idea with a protein pancake.
I made these beauties, they’re super easy to make and delicious! Here’s the recipe for you…
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 container (5.3 oz) siggi’s vanilla bean yogurt
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 scoop of protein (I used Whey Better’s peanut butter)
- toppings of your choice (I used Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. If it’s too think add either coconut or almond milk. Use muffin liners in your pan (I found that the tin ones are better, the paper ones were hard to peel off and I ended up eating paper). Pour evenly into muffin cups (about 6-8 muffins) place on toppings and bake for about 20 mins or until tooth pick comes out clean.
Serve and enjoy!!!!